Kate Nash @katenashagentMany writers we have met at our Open Days have gone on to have great success & their books commercially published.
I have two author clients whom I first met at @KNLitAgency Open Days. Both have gone on to secure brilliant publishers. One has become a bestseller. #amwriting /5
Kristen @KEHawley@annmrose Awesome thread. Thanks for your time! Question: any advice on working with freelance editors before querying agents? Too many cooks in the kitchen? Any great freelancers to recommend? Thanks!
Deciding to work with an editor prior is a personal choice and I do believe that with a solid critque group (partner) no author needs to spend money to get an agent.
Megan Lind Persinger @meganthebookwrm@annmrose What happens if an agent doesn't like the next book you write?
For me. My clients and I have already talked about next projects so this isn't an issue.
No need for them to spin their wheels IMO
elizabeth is not real @whenbethwrite@annmrose What does “It’s not a fit for me” mean?
It can mean anything from - I didn't connect to the voice to I already have something like this - it's really a catch all phrase, so not super helpful I know.
Carolyn D. Cowen @cdcowen@annmrose Can you address whether word counts have been dropping during the pandemic? During COVID’s early days, I learned #HF was 100-120k, with debuts being on the shorter side. But I’m now getting passes on my 114k ms saying 100k is the standard.
Thoughts? True? A new development?
I wouldn't say they have been dropping necessarily, but I think with people's bandwidths and supply chain it is making those "bigger" books a little tougher these days
Savy Guthrie @SavyGuthrie@annmrose I’m probably spending too much time analyzing query tracker, but why do agents skip around in their inbox? Are they looking for a particular genre? Does a title intrigue them?
There could be a lot of reasons. They are looking for certain things. They are holding on to look more closely at your project when they have more time to consider. There are some "easy" no's (like way out of word count my 300K word novel) to clear out.
H.W. Johnston is revising @hwjohnston7@annmrose How precise does formatting have to be?
I do 12pt font, Times New Roman, 1 inch margins. For some reason page numbers don't copy and paste to emails. Are they needed?
page numbers aren't needed if it's pasted into an email
Victor Drax @Victor_Drax@annmrose Is it okay for your manuscript to start with a prologue? Should you query with the first chapter or the prologue?
If you can query the book without the prologue and the story itself makes sense, I would question if you need the prologue at all
Russell Epp-Leppel 💜💀 @leppeppel@annmrose In my (admittedly limited) experience, creators and consumers alike love genre-blending, so why are the middlemen of producers and distributors so loathe to touch it!? 😮💨
At the end of the day agents sell to publishers and if pubs aren't sure how to sell something that sits in the middle of things that makes it really hard for agents
Bookstores (the primary customer to publishers) only have so much shelf space. So it needs to firmly sit somewhere
Amy Nelder @AmyNelder@annmrose How often do you go past the query letter itself self and read the sample pages? Do a high/low percentage of query letters inspire you to read the sample pages?
I honestly try to give each project a chance unless it's something I absolutely do not rep. Queries can be hard.
Alexandra J King @FractalOfLoops@annmrose What indicators are there for a querying author that they have a problem with their query letter, rather than their manuscript/agent fit? I know its not reasonable to expect feedback from most rejections, but this keeps me up at night.
The short answer. If you are getting form rejections at the query stage there could be something not working with your query and or opening pages.
elizabeth is not real @whenbethwrite@annmrose And also, are agents looking for potential or perfection in a manuscript? Thanks!
Perfection isn't required. But it should be as perfect as you can make it 😊
Varsha Seshan @VarshaSeshan@annmrose How long would you say it's appropriate to wait before following up on a full request?
3 months and then in 3 month increments there after
Don’t be surprised though if after 3 months they haven’t gotten to it
Sophie Bradley @5235Bradleys@annmrose Are agents open to requeries? My query letter was a mess for a significant amount of agents and is now better. Are they just wasted? Or can you ever requery? (It’s been six + months for most).
Check with their respective websites as agents have different views on this. I’m open to a requery just ask that you mention in the query that it is one
Renea Wrights @ReneaWrights@annmrose If an author had an amazing plot, characters, settings, etc, but their writing skill was just ok. Do you sign them & work w/then or tell them 2 invest in an editor?
I think there is more nuance here than can just be answered by a blanketed yes or no. I’ve signed books that have needed little work, I’ve also signed books that needed heavy revision and have been able to sell both kinds. Each situation is different.
Liz The Resistor @respectinc@annmrose #AskAgent If you have written s children’s picture book, should you look for an illustrator before you look for an agent or can you just look for an agent first?
PBs do not need an illustrator attached
Sara Naveed @SaraNaveed@annmrose Are you open to accepting manuscripts falling in the romance genre? Especially South Asian romance?
Absolutely open to this.
Hot tip: I especially like it when the MCs have larger goals than just the romance but the romance still finds a way to happen ❤️
Rebecca Minelga @RebeccaMinelga@annmrose Given publishing right now, do you think there’s any wisdom in waiting to query until things settle down? Do you think they will settle down or is this a new normal?
I think things are constantly changing and evolving and if you were to try to wait you’d be waiting forever.
Mehr Husain @mfhusayn@annmrose Why won't more agents take on South Asian writers? We write well. What's the problem? #AskAgent
Breaking down the systematic issues within publishing is absolutely something that should be discussed.
I can’t speak for other agents but I myself am very open to South Asian stories and would be happy to find them in my inbox.